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Inspired by the NYC hacklabs, we're going to be holding the first Arduino Users Group: Boston meeting on Saturday, April 19th from 2 to 6 pm.  The idea is to get Arduino users together to hang out, work on projects, help each other out, and generally socialize.  Anyone is welcome.

The location is Willoughby and Baltic (home of the Boston Dorkbot and Arduino workshops!) near Davis Square in Somerville.  The address is:

195g Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 501-0197

(see map).

See you in two weeks!
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I am planning to drive down from Burlington VT area, leaving about 0900 via  I-89 to WRJ, VT,  and Concord, NH then south on I-93 returning after the meeting ... anyone along the way want a ride?

I am bringing  several of my projects and a small assortment of my Freeduino stuff ... some BBB and RBBA and RBBB kits and serial LCD displays and controllers. I will have my bootloader burner rig for anyone who wants needs to burn a chip and a few spare 168's if needed

Brian Riley
http://www.wulfden.org/freeduino/freeduino.shtml


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Just a reminder that we'll be meeting tomorrow from 2 or 2:30 to 6 at Willoughby and Baltic in Davis Square.  Hoping to see you then.
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I talked to PaulB today, he is coming up from Providence, and I will be down from VT ...  I have set a side some 'good stuff' to donate for 'door prizes' or however you want to hand them out, plus I will have Freeduino boards (BBB, RBBA, RBBB, FTDI USB-TTL cables, LCD displays, etc) for sale

cheers ... BBR
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It was a good meeting on Saturday.  I learned that I'm not the only one who collects things on 0.1" centers.   :=)

I didn't seem to convince anyone to make a AVR32 NGW100 to Arduino shield adapter though.  First problem would seem to be that the AVR32 AP7000 has 256 pins.  So there are options on how to map those to the Arduino shield layout.  Would be nice if the "community" could come up with some bus standard for microcontroller boards (i.e. S-100 or ISA or PC104 like but also with Rs-232 and I2C dedicated pins.)   Ideas anybody ?

When is the next meeting ? Would be nice to have a projector and screen to look at software.  I would be glad to give a 15 min demo on how to calibrate the Nunchuck accelerometer.

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I didn't seem to convince anyone to make a AVR32 NGW100 to Arduino shield adapter though.  First problem would seem to be that the AVR32 AP7000 has 256 pins.  So there are options on how to map those to the Arduino shield layout.  Would be nice if the "community" could come up with some bus standard for microcontroller boards (i.e. S-100 or ISA or PC104 like but also with Rs-232 and I2C dedicated pins.)   Ideas anybody ?
I rather like the NGW100's pin array.
If I was making a custom board I'd bring out the EBI bus however and put it next to the connector on the usb side.
Making a adapter so you can use it like a Arduino would be trivial.

I intend to (eventually) make a shield for the NGW100 with audio, PS2 ports and VGA. smiley
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I'm not sure what the EBI bus is ?  Audio -> AC'97, PS2 -> Keyboard/Mouse or Sparkfun Bluetooth and 7 " TFT ($15 at Goldmine).  And the adapter might as well have an Atmeg168 (or two) on it.  Can I2C be bussed ?  As you say trivial (except for the TFT interface).  Have you seen the NGW layout files somewhere (so we don't have to start the PCB adapter from scratch).

Going to the next meeting in Somerville by chance (or plane)?

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I missed the April 19 meeting.  Is there a date for the next Sommerville meeting?
Thanks,

John
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It's tentatively scheduled for Saturday, the 17th of May.  Does that work for people?
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The 17th works for me Dave
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The 17th works for me too.
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It's tentatively scheduled for Saturday, the 17th of May.  Does that work for people?

Doesn't work for me this month at all. Have you a target date for June?

cheers ... BBR
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We're subsuming the Arduino Users Group meeting into BarCamp Boston, which is all day Saturday and Sunday.  The users group was originally scheduled for Saturday, the 17th, at 2, so we'll try to do an Arduino session at BarCamp then.  The location is:

*Matignon High School*
1 Matignon Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140

(within walking distance from Davis Square).

Keith Hopper is planning an Arduino intro and workshop for Saturday morning, so get there early if you'd like to participate.

Details on the BarCamp Boston website.  You might want to http://2008.barcampboston.org/index.php?title=Registration pre-register.
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Is there going o be a June Meeting??? June 21st ??? Willoughby and Baltic???

 cheers ... BBR
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Yep, the next meeting is this Saturday, the 21st from 3 pm to 6 or 7 pm or so.  We'll be at Willoughy and Baltic: http://willoughbybaltic.squarespace.com/directions/.  Also, if you'd like to get email notices about this and other Arduino-related events in Boston, you can subscribe to boston@arduino.cc.
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